Hair loss in women

Female Pattern Hair Loss

While not many are aware, Female Pattern Hair Loss is more common than expected. There are a variety of reasons that trigger it, but the science is the same for both genders:

Female Pattern Hair Loss is triggered by androgens (male hormones), and can occur anytime post-puberty, but is most common post-menopause. It’s brought on by the reduction of female hormones, and therefore the increase in male hormones.  As with men, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is converted from testosterone, via the enzyme 5-alpha reductase.  DHT leads to thinning and fall out.

Classification of Female-Pattern Hair Loss

Type 1:

Hair loss is relatively unnoticeable at this stage as the hairline at the front remains relatively unaffected. If the hair is parted, the hair loss becomes more visible.

Type 2:

Here, women will notice the following: thinning, shedding, decrease in volume and a widening centre part.

Type 3:

By this point, hair has thinned out so much it’ difficult to the scalp, and may be worsened by either hair shrinkage, progressive thinning and extensive loss.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnant women will often find that their hair is thicker during pregnancy, due to the delayed ‘shedding’ process. Therefore, after the baby is born, new mums will see a higher than normal amount of hair loss.  It tends to go back to normal 6-12 months post-childbirth.